Rodent control, effective and safe against rats and mice

Slowly autumn is coming to an end and cold nights are already announcing the inexorable winter. Now it's time for the annoying rodents looking for hidey-holes, food and warm homes to protect themselves from the cold.

No hole too small

Both rats and mice masterfully use every little opening to penetrate houses. Rats find it particularly easy to get through damaged sewers or drains in cellars and apartments - plastic floor drains or backflow safety devices are by no means insurmountable obstacles. Also, cracks in walls or gaps in roof structures are often used by the highly intelligent animals to get into the protective warmth. Mice need even less space to penetrate our four walls. Even pencil-sized holes of a tiny 6-7 millimetres in diameter suffice for the animals to squeeze inside. Contrary to popular belief, a rat or mouse infestation generally has nothing to do with poor hygiene. Rather, it's the heat in the houses and the food supplies that irresistibly attract the rodents.

This helps against mice in the house

Mice are usually found throughout the house. Their high reproductive rate can quickly turn them into a real plague, as they can cause more damage through their rodent activity. Mice adapt to people's rhythms and are active when people aren’t. Even if you have never seen the rodents - as soon as you have a suspicion that they’re around, you should take action as soon as possible. 

If symptoms suggest that you have a mouse, you should immediately shut off potential food sources and inspect your own home for possible accesses that could be used by the small rodents. Pay particular attention to basements, attics, laundry rooms, garages or storerooms. You can get a small mouse infestation under control without chemicals, using a mechanical mouse trap. Even with a low infestation, you shouldn’t ignore the health risks. Mice spread dangerous viruses that can be transmitted to humans and pets.

For severe infestations in dry indoor areas, grain baits are particularly helpful. For wet rooms, such as cellars, garages and laundry rooms, however, a portion bait should be used. Important:  Always put rodenticides in bait boxes. This prevents children and pets from getting to the bait.

Sustainable control of rats often means that people have change their behaviour. In particular, inadequate storage and errors in the disposal of food are a bonanza for rats. With simple measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of rat infestation. Why is a fast response particularly important at the first signs of rat infestation? Quite simply, rats multiply rapidly and a few rats become a veritable plague within a short period of time, which can result in serious damage to human and domestic health-
Rats can be very well combated with the Protect Home Rat Portion bait or the Protect Home Rats Cereal baits. Filled bait stations are placed close to the nest on the tracks of the rats and regularly checked. If the Protect Home Rats portion bait is skewered and fixed in the bait box with the supplied metal bar, this will prevent the animals from carrying it away and stockpiling it. This gives you a better overview of the amount of bait actually eaten. Check every two days to see if new bait needs to be replenished. The bait ends as soon as all rats are combated and no bait is being taken anymore

Rats can transmit more than 120 infectious diseases and are considered as notifiable health pests. Many rats come from the sewage system and have particularly dangerous germs. When rats appear on private property, the owners are obliged to control rats.

How to detect a mouse infestation

  • Smaller heaps of droppings (3-8 mm) on the paths of mice
  • Signs of chewing on furniture, cables, etc.
  • Nocturnal noises (e.g. soft scratching)
  • A strong smell, which is mainly caused by mouse urine, generally indicates that there is already a stronger infestation.

What can you do to prevent a rat infestation?

  • Don’t throw food leftovers in the toilet. Don’t throw away any food carelessly.
  • Supply lines and wall openings, for example for cable ducts, should therefore be carefully sealed.
  • Make sure that your dustbins are closed.
  • Make sure your compost pile is properly closable.
  • Clear basements, sheds and yards to reduce nesting possibilities.